Assemblymember Kansen Chu Delivers Funding to Combat Car Break-Ins

Friday, August 9, 2019

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Assemblymember Kansen Chu presents a total of $3.75 million of newly-secured State funding to local police departments to address shocking increases in the rate of “smash and grab” crimes. Each police department in Assembly District 25—Milpitas, Fremont, Newark, Santa Clara, and San Jose— will receive $750,000.

The Newark Police Department reported roughly a 30 percent increase in car break-ins from 2015 to 2018 and projected a 93 percent increase in 2019 due to the high number of incidents from January to February. The Fremont Police Department indicated a 27 percent increase, and the San Jose Police Department reported a 14 percent increase in the same period with 6,721 cases in 2018. The Santa Clara Police Department saw an increase of 125% during the first three months of 2019 compared to the previous year during the same time frame. 

“I am very concerned about the increasing amount of car break-ins and personal property being stolen.  I know that this boost in funding to our local police departments will go a long way to combat this problem,” said Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose). “I fought for this funding to support the safety and well-being of my community.”

According to Fremont Police Chief Kim Petersen, “Auto burglaries continue to plague communities all around the Bay Area.  This funding will facilitate a more regional law enforcement approach, enhance our ability to solve auto burglaries through technology and investigation, and prevent others from occurring through community education initiatives.”

“The City of Milpitas would like to thank Assemblymember Chu and his staff for their work towards supporting our local communities in impacting the rise in auto burglaries,” said Milpitas Police Chief Armando Corpuz. “The additional funding provided to our cities will help in funding efforts towards collaboration with other police departments, community education, equipment procurement, and directed enforcement.  Together, we can have a greater impact on this offense that is having an impact on our local residents and businesses.”

“Addressing auto burglaries is a priority for the Newark Police Department,” said Newark Police Chief Mike Carroll. “We look forward to continuing developing prevention strategies with our neighboring jurisdictions. Newark is appreciative of the support and resources Assemblymember Kansen Chu has advocated for to end this trend of auto break-ins within our community.”

Santa Clara Police Chief Michael J. Sellers also added, “The Santa Clara Police Department appreciates Assemblymember Chu’s dedication to public safety. This funding will help us increase resources to combat auto burglaries - a crime that impacts so many in our community.”

Assemblymember Kansen Chu is proud to represent the 25th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, Santa Clara and San Jose.


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